Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Blake wins

The second-seeded American broke his opponent in the seventh game of the first set and then again three more times in the second set to finish his opponent off in just 49 minutes.

"This was one of my better service performances of probably all year," the 28-year-old said. "On this kind of surface, you want to serve well. It gives you plenty of reward. After the first couple of games I was feeling more confident and everything started to fall into place."

Local heroes Tommy Haas and Nicolas Kiefer pleased their home fans with hard-earned victories over Radek Stepanek and Robin Haase.

Haas saved three set points in a tight 6-7 (7/0) 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 victory over the sixth-seeded Czech, while Kiefer came from one set down to beat Haase 4-6 6-3 6-2.

Last year's finalist Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus eased his way into the second round courtesy of a 6-4 7-5 victory over Czech qualifier Jan Hernych.

Elsewhere, Belgian Steve Darcis defeated countryman Oliver Rochus 6-1 6-4 and fourth-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny toppled countryman Dmitry Tursunov 6-3 6-1.

Frenchman Fabrice Santoro edged Germany's Rainer Schuttler 7-6 (7/4) 6-4, Frenchman Michael Llodra knocked off eight-seeded Croatian Ivan Ljubicic 6-7 (6/8) 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 and Czech Jan Vacek saw off American qualifier Scott Lipsky 3-6 6-3 6-2.

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